Former board member blames Tata for busing problems

September 20, 2012 3:24:43 PM PDT
A former Wake County School Board member claims Superintendent Tony Tata threw the district's transportation chief under the bus.

Former long time school board member Beverley Clark told ABC11 that Don Haydon was forced to resign. She said he's the superintendent's "scapegoat" for all the busing issues this school year.

"For understanding the bus problems, you've got to look at this assignment plan," said Clark. "This assignment plan was like a 52-card pick up with the way it has placed students in schools."

Clark pointed out that the new school choice assignment plan was the superintendent's plan.

"I do believe that this was very directly his plan, not the school board plan," said Clark.

She wouldn't go as far as to say Tata should be fired, but she felt Haydon should not have felt compelled to resign.

Current school board member Chris Malone disagrees. "Don's a good man," said Malone. "I think he did a good job but he had to go. This was his plan and Bob Snidemiller's plan that we're all talking about right now." Malone felt the superintendent should be and has held himself accountable too.

"Yes, he's accountable he has to be," said Malone. "He's the CEO of one of the largest school systems in the country. That's the way things are run around here. However, at the same time we're having a lot of things going on."

One of those things is getting voters to approve a school construction bond. It's something needed in a growing district with fewer resources.

Haydon was in charge of that too. Without him and the turmoil that surrounds his resignation, as well as student assignment, Clark feels the bond may be in jeopardy.

"Until there is a better, more efficient assignment system in place that is thoroughly vetted and thought through then personally, I could not accept this bond," said Clark.

Malone agreed that the bond could be in jeopardy with a so many changes and uncertainty right now in the near future.

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